Wiring of retina reveals how eyes sense motion
Online gamers helped researchers map neuron connections involved in detecting direction of moving objects.
A vast project to map neural connections in the mouse retina may have answered the long-standing question of how the eyes detect motion. With the help of volunteers who played an online brain-mapping game, researchers showed that pairs of neurons positioned along a given direction together cause a third neuron to fire in response to images moving in the same direction.
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Wiring of retina reveals how eyes sense motion

Online gamers helped researchers map neuron connections involved in detecting direction of moving objects.

A vast project to map neural connections in the mouse retina may have answered the long-standing question of how the eyes detect motion. With the help of volunteers who played an online brain-mapping game, researchers showed that pairs of neurons positioned along a given direction together cause a third neuron to fire in response to images moving in the same direction.

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